Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Swirbul Library

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Institution Name: Adelphi University
Original/Historic Place Name: Swirbul Library
Location on Campus: South Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1963original construction Neutra, Richard J.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; glass
Roof: none specified
1963-present (2007)library

Significance: architecture, education
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Swirbul Library was designed for Adelphi University by the renowned California architect Richard J. Neutra. Its most notable feature is the magnificent circular staircase extending from the first to the second floor, which Neutra described as symbolizing "the spiraled ascent to wisdom." The 36,881 square-foot two-story building was opened to the public on August 16, 1963.

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